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"The family of Douglas, say the French writers, were on account of their high feats of arms, honoured, ennobled, and raised to the dignity of Dukes of Touraine, and marshals of France, a post which no coward can fill, and few amongst the valiant obtain. However no report of this encomium may appear, it is far inferior to what the services of the house of Douglas to the French nation deserved, as will appear in the sequel.” 

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Individuals from the Douglas families of France, and those with French connections

  • William Douglas of Liddesdale visited King David at Chateau Gaillard, c1337
  • William Douglas, 1st earl of Douglas,(born c. 1327—died May 1384), the son of Sir Archibald Douglas (d. 1333, Regent of Scotland, was educated in France and returned to Scotland in 1348.  His cousin, Archibald The Grim may have been there at the same time.
  • The title of Comte de Longueville was awarded to Archibald Douglas, Earl of Wigtown (d.1438), and his son William Douglas, 6th Earl of Douglas (d.1440) in gratitude for the assistance to the future Charles VII of France by the Scottish army rescue led by Archibald Douglas, 4th Earl of Douglas, killed at the Battle of Verneuil in 1424. Known by French chroniclers as Victon (after Wigton) he also received the honorary title of Seigneurie (Lord) of Dun-le-Roi (now Dun-sur-Auron). A Marshall of France
  • Duke of Touraine
  • Adam Douglas, governor of castle and town of Tours, 27 May 1424. He was a cousin of Archibald, 4th Earl of Douglas
  • Alexandre-Pierre de Mackensie-Douglas or Mackenzie-Douglas, baron de Kildin (1713-1765), French chargé d'affaires in St Petersburg
  • Andrew Douglas - A Scottish soldier in Flanders
  • Antoine Douglas, chevalier, seigneur de Richagnard en Bugey et de Ployart en Picardie, Governor of Montreal Chateau
  • Archibald Douglas, 4th Earl of Douglas, Duke of Touraine, Earl of Wigton, buried with his son, Sir James Douglas (below)  in Saint Gatien's Cathedral, Tours, following the Battle of Verneuil 1424.
  • James Douglas, Earl of Abercorn,  Born: Abt 1392 Of, Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland Died: 17 Aug 1424 Battle Of Verneuil, Maine-Et-Loire, France Bur.: 24 Aug 1424 Tours Cathedral, Tours, Indre-Et-Loire, France Married: Beatrice
  • Charles, Comte de Douglas, father of Francois-Prosper Douglas
  • Charles, Comte de Douglas, syndic of the nobility of Bugey
  • Charles Douglas, Marc Douglas - Seigneur de Saint-Jacques
  • Charles Douglas, Marc Douglas - Seigneur de Longueval
  • Charles Du Glas, (son of marc d1626), chevalier, seigneur d'Arrancy, Deceased between 1693 and 1704les Douglas, lord of Arrancy built Ferme du Maipas
  • Charles Douglas, Marc Douglas - Vicomte d'Amifontaine
  • Charles Douglas (died after 1731) married on August 2, 1704 in Arras, Jeanne Aldegonde Quarré (1663 - 1731)
  • Charles Joseph Douglas, Lord of Mépillat, Chiloup and Hautepierre acquired for 60.000 pounds (?florins) 13 Apr 1757  Presumably him...
  • Charles Joseph de Douglas is the brother of Francois Prosper de Douglas
  • Sir Charles ArchambaSir Charles Archambault Duglas, Count of Suze, captain Roy (King's?) Infantry Regiment
  • Charles Joseph Douglas, Governor of Saint-Claude in 1751
  • Captain Charles Guillaume Douglas and Captain d'Hortore Douglas, Capitaine dans le regiment de Languedoc and Capitaine dans le regiment de Drummond ou Royal Ecossais (though not necessarily respectively) were prisoners of the '45 at Penrith(2)
  • Francois-Prosper Douglas, Chevalier de Douglas, (21 Feb. 1725 - 26 April 1781) (2)
  • Gabriel, Esquire, Lord of Saint-Jacques, c1668
  • George Louis Marie de Douglas, b. 17 April 1873 in Paris, d. 1923; Legion d'Honneur; son of Jacques Théodore Sholto de Douglas
  • Guillaume (William) Douglas married Marguerite de Pratulo and had a son, Jean (John) who was an 'Archer of the Scottish Guard' of King Louis XI
  • Guillaume Douglas (Guillaume Douglas (c1420), Jean Douglas (c1450), son of Guillaume, Alain Douglas, son of Jean - Seigneur de Prastulo/Pratulot
  • Jean Du Glas, seigneur de Pratulo et de Châteauneuf, married Marguerite de Keroulas and has a daughter Julie Jacquette Du Glas †1655 who married le 3 mai 1612 (jeudi), Spezet, Louis de Kerguz †1637.
  • Louise du Vieuxchastel, lady of Draon, from the Crann household, is the wife of Guillaume le Glas, Lord of Pont-Pol in Châteauneuf-du-Faou, whose coat of arms is azure with a castle of three towers argent, masoned sable.
  • James Charles Douglas-Whyte, Died 3 Apr 1885, Finistère, Britanny, France
  • Jean Douglas (c1450), son of Guillaume, Alain Douglas, son of Jean - Seigneur de Châteauneuf
  • John Douglas, son of Archibald Douglas (died 1333), died before 1342 in the retinue of David II of Scotland in France, possibly at Château Gaillard
  • John Douglas, Esquire, Lord of Chateauneuf, c1550
  • John Douglas, seismologist in 2010
  • Joseph Hyacinthe Duglas, Arrancy, admitted knight justice to the great priory of France, born Feb. 11, 1664, baptized May 26 audit year in the parish church of the diocese of Laon Arrancy
  • Leonel, Esquire, Lord of Ployart, c1632
  • Louis Douglas, Lord of Ployart, c1567
  • Lord Louis François Marie Hyacinthe Duglas, Count Duglas, captain of the regiment of grenadiers Roy, Lord of Arrancy, Ployart, St Jacques of Arrences, Longueval, Amifontaine, Sibiville and other places and high and mighty lady Anne Marie Angélique Rosalie Vassan his wife.
  • Louis Archambaud Douglas (1758-1842), eldest son of Francois-Prosper Douglas and Charlotte de La Corne.
  • Luc Henri Arsene Douglas, b. 18 Feb 1829 in Labruguière; Legion d'Honneur
  • Marc Douglas - Seigneur de La Suze
  • Marc Du Glas - chevalier, seigneur d'Arrancy, Deceased before 23 February 1626
  • Marie Paul Henri Douglas, b. Jul 1881; Legion d'Honneur
  • Marius J. Douglas, b. 1878; Legion d'Honneur
  • Oliver Douglas, Esquire, Lord & Ployart Arancy of Picardy (?Lord of Ployart) c1550
  • Olivier Douglas †1558, son of Gilles, Philippe Douglas, son of Olivier, Charles Douglas, Marc Douglas, son of Philippe - Seigneur de Ployart
  • Olivier Douglas †1558, Philippe Douglas, Jean Douglas, Charles Douglas, François Marie Hyacinthe Douglas †1763, Marc Douglas - Seigneur d'Arrancy
  • Olivier Douglas †1558, Philippe Douglas, Charles Douglas, Marc Douglas - Seigneur de Ployart
  • Olivier Marie Rene  de Douglas, b. 28 Oct 177, Vologomat, Ain; Legion d' Honneur
  • Philippe, son of Olivier and Isabeau Wiganacourt(3), married married twice; 1st before 1568 to Francoise de FAY D'ATHIES ca 1540- / 1583 (Parents: François d'ATHIES ca 1510- & Aliénor de BEAUVAIS ca 1515- ). They had 6 children, and 2nd 15 May 1583 to Mary COIGNET † 1634 (Parents: François COIGNET † 1583 / & Catherine RAPPOUEL ) They had two cildren.  Philippe was Lord of Arrancy (on the death of his nephew Louis son of Louis), Arrançot and Ployart - Ordinary gentleman of the King's chamber, Captain of galleys of the Marquis d'Elbeuf
  • Pierre Archimbaud de Douglas, Count of Montreal
  • Robert Jacques Marie Gabriel de Douglas, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur, Croix de guerre
  • Valentine Douglas OSB was appointed Bishop of Laon, France, in 1580, in which position he served til his death on 5 Aug 1598. He built Chateaux d'Arrancy, with his brother Philippe.
  • Alexandre-Pierre de Mackensie-Douglas or Mackenzie-Douglas, baron de Kildin (1713-1765), also referred to as Alexandre Pierre Mackenzie, baron de Kildin, chevalier Douglass, was a Jacobite in French service.
  • A de Douglas was commandant of 11e bataillon « Onzième Bataillon de Chasseurs Alpins, Onzième Bataillon d'lapins, in 1916
  • John Carmichael of Douglasdale, the chaplain of the dead Douglas, was created Bishop of Orléans following the Battle of Verneuil (1424).
  • There is a plaque in memory of two William Douglases in the nave of Orléans Cathedral Sainte-Crois, Sir William Douglas of Drumlanrig and William Douglas of Kinross, who had helped Joan of Arc and were buried there.
  • In 1450 English and Burgundians took and burned Saint-Saens (Near Rouen). The Scottish family of Guillaume Douglas then owned the village(1).  Isabel Douglas, Countess of Mar, born circa 1360, daughter of William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas, is said to have sold, on 28 July 1408, her lands of St. Saens in Normandy, inherited from her father. On leaving France, she placed a statuette or image of herself in the choir of the church of the Priory of St. Saens as a souvenir. The figure has since been lost.
  • These is an apparent DNA link with the Cozean family of Brittany/Bretagne
  • William Le Hardi married Eleanor of Louvaine.  However, by then the family were in Little Easton, in Essex, England.
  • Douglas family in Arancy


  • Michel Marescot was a French physician who served as a physician to King Henry IV of France. He was born in 1539 and died in 1605. In the Italian section, we include details of the Marescotti family as they record their descendancy from the Douglas family.  The French Marescotti/Marescot familyprobably splintered off politically from the Italian Marescotti's during the Guelph/Ghibelline, wars.

1.  Oliver Thomson writes: William Douglas liked the sound of having a barony at St Saens in Normandy even if in reality it was still in English hands.
2.  Charles-Joseph Douglas, born in 1720, died without posterity in 1788, and Joseph Douglas, born in 1721, ambassador of France in Russia, died without posterity, attached in their youth to the party of Stuarts, followed in 1745 Prince Edward in Scotland and were taken prisoner at the Battle of Culloden.  But see this>>>  Are these all different people?  Or has there been some conflation of stories for different people?
3. Isabeau Wiganacourt was Maid of Honour to the Dowager Duchess of Guise, Antoinette de Bourbon-Vendôme (1493-1523)

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 Places in France
•  Titles in France
•  Douglas heraldry in France
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•  Officers of the Legion d'Honneur

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